In a report based on Eurostat statistics, it has been found that 75 per cent of Maltese people above the age of 16 believed their health was good or very good. The report has highlighted data from the year 2017.
This puts Malta on the fifth position after Ireland, Cyprus, Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands who have a score of 83%, 78%, 77%, and 76% respectively.
The countries with the least number of people perceiving their health to be good were Latvia and Lithuania – both standing at 44% – followed by Portugal with 49%.
In total, close to 70% of people in the European Union think that their health is good or very good. However, there is a disparity when it comes to gender as 72% of men rated their health as good while only 67% of women rated their health as good.
Less than 8% of the total EU population termed their health as bad or very bad. The disparity among men and women increased with the increase in age with the gap widening to its maximum level for those above the age of 65 years.
Also, the percentage of people perceiving their health as good declined with increase in age. 88% of the males between the ages of 16 and 44 termed their health as good or very good while only 69% of those between the ages 45 and 64 looked at themselves in the same way.
The negative correlation between age and health perception can be seen among men and women. Among the men, only 45% of those above the age of 65 said that their health was good while only 39% of women above 65 years of age said the same.